Tripping hazard in low light: barbed wire fencing

Safety Alert Type: 
Planning and Engineering
Blue Springs (southern interior region)
Date of Incident / Close Call: 
Company Name: 
Cabin Forestry Services
Details of Incident / Close Call: 

It was getting dark early on a northern aspect. Worker could no longer read the slopes from clinometer and decided it was time to head back to the truck.

Worker was walking at a brisk pace along a brushed in trail and failed to see an old fence. Two rusted brown barbed wires hanging at shin height took out both feet, and sent the worker tumbling forward. In the dim lighting the fence was camoflaged by brown leaves on the ground, as well as being hidden in the cedar regen.

Fortunately no cuts or puncture wounds were sustained, perhaps in part prevented by raingear. Only injuries sustained were bruise lines across the shins.

Learnings and Suggestions: 
  • Watch out for old fence structures where private lands or range tenures exist - or may have existed
  • When walking down a trail for the first time, slow down and assess the hazards
  • Don't be in a rush getting back to the truck at the end of the day.


For more information on this submitted alert: 

Kevin Chau – Cabin Forestry Services, Vernon, B.C. Phone: (778) 475-3655 Email: kchau@cabinforestry.com

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